Saturday, June 25, 2016

2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge: June Wrap Up

Time for our sixth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the May Wrap Up, Sandy finished 2 series enders: The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, # 3) by Marie Rutkoski and Return to Paradise (Leaving Paradise, # 2) by Simone Elkeles. Holly hasn't finished any series enders this month.


Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the June giveaway runs from June 25rd - July 25rd. On July 25rd we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.




Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Torn


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

Torn (A Wicked Saga #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Expected Publication: July 19, 2016
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.
What are you waiting on this week?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday Post #178

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

~NO NEW BOOKS~


RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:


WHAT'S AHEAD:
Planned Posts:
TBD

Not much to say from my week. That's a good thing though right? Relaxing and "normal", oh and super hot outside! The weekend brought a surprise birthday party for my youngest sister-n-law (ya'll know her as Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) who turns 30 this week. It also brought my husband's 36th birthday. We have been celebrating birthday's together for half of his life! He is a tremendous blessing. Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there. 

DON'T FORGET:
If you are reading last books in a series you should participate with us in our 3rd year of the 2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 15, 2016! Go HERE for full details and to sign up. We have a giveaway EVERY month open to those that link up reviews and a BIG giveaway open to everyone that participates through the year. Don't miss out!

Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Edge of Everything


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Expected Publication: January 31, 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
It's been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who's still reeling from her father's shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors' mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods--only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe's evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands' rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them.

Gripping and full of heart, this epic journey will bring readers right to the edge of everything.
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Bird and the Sword - Review

The Bird and the Sword

By: Amy Harmon

Published: May 10, 2016

352 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Swallow, daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heaven or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, daughter. Stay alive. 


The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would sell his soul and lose his son to the sky. 
My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free. 
But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?
MY REVIEW:
This was a true gem! I think that I came across this title from a favorite author of mine talking about it on social media. However I came to find it though, I'm SOOO glad I did! I first read from Amy Harmon in her book The Law of Moses. And let me just say, if you haven't yet read that one yet, and enjoy emotional romance with a supernatural twist, then please do yourself a favor and go get it!

This story, The Bird and the Sword has so many aspects that I enjoy in fantasy stories. Castles, kings, love in unlikely places, ooh, it was exciting! An interesting beginning, Harmon includes scripture from The Bible to set the stage for the fantastical world in which our characters belong. Though scripture is used and certain creation details from The Bible, it's changed just enough to make this story fictional.

"In the beginning God" created 2 sons and 2 daughters, all gifted with abilities: a Healer whose ability was to heal any illness or any injury, a Changer whose ability was to change into any beast of the field or bird of the air, a Spinner whose ability was to spin anything into gold, and a Teller whose ability was the power of words, and could predict the future. As time went on and the world was filled with their offspring, new abilities came about. Eventually the powers were diluted and altered. There were those who had no gifts at all, and some who used their gifts for harm. This created fear among the people and an evil king seeking all power arose and ordered any who had a gift be killed.

Lark is the daughter of a nobleman. She and her mother are gifted but have to keep their gifts a secret or else be killed by the king. Lark has the gift of words and at a young age is just learning how to control her gift. In an innocent moment of using her words to make her poppets dance and sing and fly she and her mother are found out. Her mother takes the blame for the use of the gift, at the same time as speaking a curse against the king and words of protection over her daughter in her final breaths. From that moment on Lark can no longer speak and is not allowed to read or write. It is then Lark finds herself being used by the men around her.

There's so much more to say but to do so would be to spoil too much of what happens in the bulk of the story. Not specifically mentioned as being New Adult, the two main characters are between the ages of 21 and 30. This is a standalone story. Part of me finds that refreshing in a book world where most books are part of a series. Another part of me would've loved more in this fabulous world and with these characters. For $3.99 in the Kindle version, this is a steal! Very entertaining, touching, emotional even as it made me tear up. I'm a HUGE fan of Amy Harmon!

Top 5 Favorite Quotes:
"You are dangerous little bird. But I think I will keep you."

Maybe the secret to happiness is simplicity.

"I don't want to look anywhere else. My gaze is continually drawn back to you."

"You have all this power - you heal, you convince, you persuade, you destroy - but you want me to believe you feel nothing," he murmured. "I know differently."

"Those who persecute the hardest usually have the most to hide,"

Language: 1 (light)
Mature Content: 1 (light)
Final Rating: 4.5 stars

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday Post #177

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

~NO NEW BOOKS~


RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

SATURDAY:

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Planned Posts:
Review - The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

I think I'm getting a little spoiled by all these relaxing, lazy summer days. This week we were treated to 2 completely lazy days and honestly the other days weren't all that bad. My kids and I have been watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix. They were interested to check it out and I had only seen season one. We are in season two and still enjoying it together. 

DON'T FORGET:
If you are reading last books in a series you should participate with us in our 3rd year of the 2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 15, 2016! Go HERE for full details and to sign up. We have a giveaway EVERY month open to those that link up reviews and a BIG giveaway open to everyone that participates through the year. Don't miss out!

Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Fashionable or Not? - Chaco's

Fashionable or Not?
Chaco's

Fashionable or Not? is a fun little side feature I started last year on my blog as a way for me to occasionally talk about another enjoyment of mine, and that would be things related to fashion. If you're new to this feature, here are the other 5 posts I've done:

Fashionable or Not? - Introduction
Fashionable or Not? - Stitch Fix #1
Fashionable or Not? - Initials, Inc
Fashionable or Not? - Fringe Trend
Fashionable or Not? - Thred Up

Now on to topic number 6, Chaco's. For those who may be unfamiliar, this is the brand of a popular EXPENSIVE trendy sandal. They typically range in price from $90 - $130, unless you can find them on sale and/or have a coupon. (Refer back to my Introduction post for more on coupon resources that I always use). Pretty pricey for some rubber and polyester.

I'm NOT a fan.

When my kids started school this past year, these shoes were all the rave among the teens! "All" the girls were wearing them and even quite a few of the guys. They do come in a wide variety of prints and colors. Here's a few of the women's styles:
Semi cute, yeah, okay, maybe a little depending on the color and pattern. Comfortable? So I hear. But the tail of fabric hanging down (this is what you pull to tighten the shoe to your foot) really bugs me and can get dirty easily if it's long enough to be touching the ground. More than anything though what I really don't like, is the price tag. I might be digging these more if they were in the $50 price range.

All school year my kids both thought they were hideous. Phew, saved me from having to fork out a ton of money for a SANDAL. Summer hits and what does my 12.5 year old daughter say to me? "Mom, I like Chaco's now. Do you think I could get a pair?" GASP! My logical response: "Sure. If you want to pay for them yourself."

So, that's what she did. We researched the best deals and waited till I had an exceptional coupon to use online and she finally joined the ranks of Chaco lovers everywhere and got herself the middle pair shown above for a whopping $74.95. Reg priced at $104.95. For the style she wanted, Shoe Buy had the best online deal with a $30 off coupon plus free shipping. The only downside to this deal was that I wasn't able to combine the coupon through Ebates allowing me to get cash back on this purchase as well. Which really stinks because ShoeBuy gives 6% cash back. That was tough to swallow. If you're new to Ebates and shop online a good bit, sign up HERE to start earning cash back. It's free to join! 

Are you drinking the Chaco flavored kool-aid? Or do you find yourself more on the bandwagon that I'm on?
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